Robert Hurt (Or is it campaign manager Sean Harrison?) continues to run a half-ass campaign in which the only hope he has is that Chris LaCivita locks him up in a cave for the next few months. LaCivita must have been on vacation over the last week and only returned to check his e-mails today. On Sunday, the Charlottesville Daily Progress reported that Robert Hurt, while being directly interviewed by Brian McNeil, said that he would "absolutely" be willing to debate both Tom Perriello and Jeffrey Clark during the campaign.
On Wednesday, Jeffrey Clark was certified as a candidate on the ballot. Robert Hurt's campaign still had done nothing to clarify that Hurt's definition of "absolutely" depends on the meaning of the word "is."
Tom Perriello looked at the situation and did the logical thing. Jeffrey Clark had been certified on the ballot. Robert Hurt had said he would "absolutely" debate Clark and Perriello. So Perriello sent out a press release saying he would also debate both of the challengers.
This was a big move by Perriello as it ensures that he will be put out there to face off against TWO challengers. It also would elevate Robert Hurt's profile in the district, as he is woefully underfunded against Perriello's war machine.
Suddenly, on Friday, Robert Hurt sent out an e-mail. Well, actually, LaCivita returned from his vacation and bitch slapped Sean Harrison for being an incompetent little punk. An e-mail was quickly put together that blames all of this on Tom Perriello!!
Yes, seriously. Hurt's campaign is trying to blame Perriello for the fact that they left virtually unchallenged for a week the claim by Brian McNeil that Hurt had agreed to debates with Clark and Perriello.
On top of that, they are trying to weasel their way out of the fact that Hurt was specifically asked about debates with both Clark and Perriello and, after trying to duck the question, told McNeil "absolutely" when pushed a second time.
If Hurt was confused by McNeil's question, no wonder he was so confused he voted for the largest tax increase in Virginia's history!
Hurt looks like a total idiot after this episode.
His campaign left unchallenged the Charlottesville Daily Progress for several days.
If he had been misquoted, Sean Harrison should have called Brian McNeil the same day to demand a correction.
This campaign is a total joke right now.
Oh, and also this week, Perriello inched closer to the coveted NRA endorsement in the 5th District.
Drip . . . Drip . . . Drip . . .